Wilding pine days in Waimakariri basin - September & October 2018

Lots of us recall the bus trips to the Waimakariri Basin to clear self- seeding wilding pine trees from the grassland landscape. Combining with other groups was a social as well as a productive arrangement, as well as a fundraiser for clubs.

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Barnett Park-Windsor Castle-Jollies Bush - 28 October 2018

A new standard in trip organisation is set!

After climbing the East Enders Track from Barnett Park, and descending partway down Clifton Spur, we crossed to Richmond Hill and ascended to the trig on Windsor Castle. The next stop was lunch near Jollies Bush before climbing to the summit of Mt Pleasant.

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Scamper Torrent Hut – Labour Weekend 20 – 23 October 2018

We walked up the Waitaha valley on Saturday afternoon in cloudy conditions with some drizzle. Despite my warnings, the team as severely shocked at the state of the official DOC track (not Permolat maintained as its under DOC control – I’m convinced it’s intended to put off inexperienced Ivory Lake hopefuls)

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Freehold Creek – Dumb Bell Lake - Labour Weekend 20 – 23 October 2018

This was a moderate hard trip starting from Lake Ohau. Given good weather, my plan was to drive to Twizel Friday afternoon, have dinner there and then drive around the corner to camp across the road from Lake Middleton.

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Hurunui Hut -13-14 October 2018 – Mountain biking

It was a grey day for the drive in to Lake Taylor. Snow from the recent southerly lay on the ground where we parked the car and in the manuka trees around the lake. But by 10:40 we were cycling under a blue sky. The fresh snow on the mountains and shimmering sunlight on the lake was stunning.

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